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Champagne Brut Grand Cru Blanc de Noirs, Barnaut NV


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Truly extrarodinary Champagne from 100% Pinot Noir grown on the foothills of Bouzy, regarded as the finest site for Pinot Noir in Champagne. This has a miniscule dosage of just 6 grams/liter, only 1 gram above the Extra Brut level, allowing the flavors to be transparent. You get a clear taste of the red fruits coming form the Pinot Noir and the richness of the wine. This release has a very high percentage of reserve wine, 50%, while the base wine is equal parts 2008 and 2009. It is a big Champagne that's flavor-packed but tightly knit. It gradually opens up in the glass, and when it finally does it's mesmerizing and beautiful. This release was disgorged on November 12, 2012.

"This is the same bottling I reviewed in Issue Forty, but it has blossomed beautifully over the last six months and I clearly underrated it a touch over the summer. The deep, young and very lovely nose wafts from the glass in a blend of apple, musky floral tones, tart orange, a beautifully complex base of soil and a topnote of orange peel. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and youthfully complex, with lovely mid-palate depth, very refined mousse, brisk acids and a very long, focused, quite dry and tightly knit finish. This really could use another year of bottle age to fully blossom, but it is coming out of its shell very nicely and I certainly did not give it enough credit for its superb potential in the last article on Champagne! Lovely juice. 2014-2030." 92/100 John Gilman, View From the Cella
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"Bouzy and big and brawny." Top Holiday Fizz, Jancis Robinson MW

"The texture is supple and fine, balancing the powerful fruit flavors, and the finish is long and nuanced, with a vibrant feel. Even though this is made entirely of pinot noir, it shows noticeably more finesse than the other wines in the lineup." One Star Peter Liem, ChampagneGuide.net